Friday, June 24, 2005

Reform Efforts Watered Down in Indiana

How does a good bill get watered down? Like this:

State Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, sponsored a bill during this year's legislative session that would have prohibited property seizures for "commercial use" such as residential, retail or industrial development. He called Thursday's court ruling "absolutely wrong."

Wolkins' bill was amended to instead authorize formation of a study committee to help set guidelines for such seizures, including how much money should be paid displaced property owners and the relative significance of blight and potential economic development.